Bement bleachers going to a good cause

The old set of wood bleachers on the west side of the Bement High School gym had not been used for at least a decade, and were kind of getting in the way.

Striking down of pension law may result in cost shift to schools

The striking down of the 2013 state pension reform law is a two-edged sword for Illinois school districts, according to Bement School Superintendent Sheila Greenwood.

Bement board overturns zoning decision

The village board of Bement on May 12 voted to approve a variance allowing a homeowner to build a storage shed closer to the property line than allowed by the local zoning ordinance.

It's time for sunscreen

With balmy temperatures that are just starting to hit the low-80s, the thought of sunscreen doesn’t enter most people’s minds.

But it should.

PZB endorses downtown safety gran program

Monticello’s planning and zoning board has endorsed the idea of a Downtown Safety Grant Program, sending it to the full city council for consideration.

Relay for Life fundraisers planned

Several fundraisers are being planned for Relay For Life-Piatt County. They include the following:

Subway robber sentenced to 14 years

A 22-year-old Decatur man was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison for his role in a holdup at the Subway sandwich shop in Monticello on March 8 of last year.

Economic indicator on the rise

The University of Illinois flash index rose in April to 107.1, its second-highest reading since the 2007-09 recession ended, the UI’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs reported.

Library board continues to discuss building plans

The Allerton Public Library Board may hold its second special meeting in as many months as design work continues on a new library building.

Otto new president of Blue Ridge board

It did not take long for the new members of the Blue Ridge School Board to make their mark at a special meeting to reorganize the board on May 5.

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